Free Movies Under the Stars Returns to Moncks Corner Recreation Complex this Spring

Moncks Corner, SC – The Berkeley County Library System and the town of Moncks Corner are pleased to partner once again to host another round of free outdoor Free Movies Under the Stars Returns to Moncks Corner Recreation Complex this Springmovies at the town of Moncks Corner’s regional recreation complex.

The Town and the Library first partnered in the spring of 2016 to test the program in at the Town’s new Regional Recreation Complex, which had just opened a few weeks prior to the first movie event. The first event drew close to 800 people and cemented the program as a value to the community.

“The partnership with the Berkley County Library to make the movie nights possible is a perfect example of what can be done when local governments work together for the benefit of the constituents they share. Events like these are what bring us together as a community and our recreation complex works so well for them because of its location and design.” Moncks Corner Mayor Lockliear comments.

“The partnership of the two organizations has worked beautifully with the Library assisting with the equipment, set up, and licensing of the movie, and the Town assisting with the venue, staff support, and promotion; however it is with great appreciation to the community sponsors who have stepped up to help fund these events, that has really made this program a possibility” said Berkeley County Library’s Marketing Coordinator, Kristen Lanier. “We don’t have to look far or hard to find a local business to help fund these events. We often have them calling us wanting to participate. They are so excited to give back to the community. I love it.”

The spring movies begin with Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory” on Friday, March 31 sponsored by Atlantis Heating & Air.

The second movie is Disney’s “Moana” on Friday, April 28th sponsored by Moncks Corner’s newest restaurant, DIG 17A, who will be serving as the food vendor for the event to introduce some of their favorite menu items to the community.

The last of the movies is Illumination’s “SING” on Friday, May 19th sponsored by Berkeley Community Mental Health Center in recognition of May as Mental Health Month.

All movies are free! Just bring a lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy a family-friendly movie at no cost. Gates will open at 7 pm and the movie will begin promptly at dark. We kindly request you not to bring in outside food or drinks. There will be food trucks and movie concessions available for purchase.

In case of bad weather:

Last spring’s events were often rescheduled due to weather. For this reason, all the movies this year are scheduled for a Friday, with that Saturday reserved for the rain date. Follow the

Last spring’s events were often rescheduled due to weather. For this reason, all the movies this year are scheduled for a Friday, with that Saturday reserved for the rain date. Follow the Town of Moncks Corner’s or the Library’s Facebook accounts for updates if you have any concerns about weather cancellations. Notices will be posted no later than 3 pm on the date of the events.

Calling all Knitters! Help us provide prayer shawls to local nursing homes

About Knittin’ in the Corner:

When Knittin’ in the Corner was started four years ago, we had no idea it would take off like it has. Every week 20-25 dedicated individuals gather at the Moncks Corner Library toCalling all Knitters! Help us provide prayer shawls to local nursing homes
knit, chat and have fun. The group has blossomed into an open community program, drawing men, women, and children, all of various skill levels, who want to knit or crochet. This group also loves giving back to the community and during various times of the year, they will work together to donate to different organizations. At Christmas time we donated 64 hats and 5 headbands to the Berkeley Citizens.

Want to help?

Currently, we are working on prayer shawls to be donated to local nursing homes at Christmas time. We would like to challenge other knitting/crochet groups to join us in this mission and do the same.

~Patricia DeMenna

If interested please email mcknitters@gmail.com

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Daniel Island Library Offers Consumer Fraud Series

[2/9/17] Daniel Island, SC – The Daniel Island Library, aware of increasing consumer fraud situations, is offering three consumer fraud prevention workshops led by the South Carolina Federal Credit Union and other members from the community.  

This spring, many people look forward to receiving their tax refund check. But what happens if you become a victim of tax identity theft? Suddenly your check is gone  – along with your sense of security. These and other scenarios of consumer fraud happen on a regular basis across the US. In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission reported that tax identity theft was their second most reported complaint and that imposter scams ranked just below. So how do you protect yourself?

Thankfully, your local library has your interests in mind. At the Daniel Island Library, several professionals from the surrounding community will teach three classes about consumer fraud prevention. By following simple steps and being proactive, you can protect yourself and your family.

“Outsmarting Scammers,” takes place on Tuesday, March 7th at 10:30 am. Here, you can learn to spot red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter and also find resources that you can turn to in the event that you are targeted. Also, you can reinforce your valuable knowledge with “Consumer Law” on April 17th at 6 pm. Attorney Michael J. Cone,  will guide us through loan protection, credit cards, and ways to avoid identity theft.

“Identity Theft and Personal Security,” will be led by representatives from the South Carolina Federal Credit Union. Keeping you and your money safe is one of SC Federal’s top priorities.  During this class, you’ll discover tips on how to avoid identity theft, beef up your cybersecurity and keep your money safe. Don’t miss the class taking place on April 6th at 1 pm.

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About the Berkeley County Library System: The Berkeley County Library System enriches lives by informing, inspiring and illuminating its local community. The system consists of six branches and a bookmobile that offer programs and services to a growing county. For more information about BCLS, visit berkeleylibrarysc.org.

About the South Carolina Federal Credit Union: South Carolina Federal Credit Union offers a full range of financial services including savings and investments, checking, credit cards and loans. They offer a personable environment, with convenience unsurpassed in the area. Their team’s entire focus is
on personally providing the products, services, tools and forward thinking that allow members to focus on making their lives more satisfying. For more information on South Carolina FCU, visit www.scfederal.org.

Daniel Island Library Offers Consumer Fraud Series

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Gullah Art and Stories at Daniel Island Library

Daniel Island, SC –  Artist Bernadette Cali, a resident of Wadmalaw Island, will share her artwork and stories of a vanishing Gullah culture. 

Bernadette Cali’s paintings hang from the Virgin Islands to New York City. But her heart belongs to the islands of South Carolina. As the Gullah culture vanishes, she tells the peoples’ tales. Come see her beautiful artwork and hear her spin Gullah stories on February 23rd at the Daniel Island Library.

Cali’s story began in New Jersey in 1952. After graduation from Rutgers she took a trip to West Africa – eager to leave busy city life behind. While there she fell in love with the African culture and found the same experience in the rural islands of South Carolina. In 1977 she became a resident of Wadmalaw Island. Today, you can find her there teaching yoga and art.

The story of the Gullah culture began on the sea islands as slaves were brought to the Americas. Congressman James E. Clyburn said, “Stories and traditions of this fusion of African and European cultures brought long ago to these shores have been slipping away along with the marsh and sand that are disappearing because of the encroachment of developments and the pressures to assimilate into the ‘modern’ world.” But by painting her pictures and telling her stories, Cali is keeping a little part of the Gullah culture alive.

Join the Berkeley County Library system for a celebration in diversity on February 23rd at 1 pm. The library will also provide Gullah treats. When you visit the library, check out some of the great resources on the Gullah culture. Maybe you can be the one to preserve this unique heritage for another generation.

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About Berkeley County Library System: The Berkeley County Library System enriches lives by informing, inspiring and illuminating its local community. The system consists of six branches and a bookmobile that offer programs and services to a growing county. For more information about BCLS, visit berkeleylibrarysc.org.

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Marcus Amaker to Host Poetry Reading

Daniel Island, SC – This February, hear original poetry from Marcus Amaker, Charleston’s first poet laureate, at Daniel Island Library.

Charleston is the place to experience the arts. The Spoleto Festival, Dock Street Theater performances, and the Gibbes Art museum are just a few of the opportunities that offer rich experiences. The Berkeley County Library System is one of those venues too. On February 7th at 10:30 am, the Daniel Island Library will host Marcus Amaker, Charleston’s poet laureate, for a special poetry reading that is free to the public.

Amaker has led a varied and celebrated career. After working for the Post and Courier as an editor by day and writing poetry by night, he took the turn to become a self-employed poet, musician, videographer, and graphic designer. He has written prolific amounts of poetry and been featured on the PBS NewsHour, the Huffington Post, and A&E. Charleston applauded him in 2016 by making him the city’s first poet laureate. Mayor John Tecklenberg said of Amaker, “Marcus is a well-known artist in our community who has the drive, passion and talent to make poetry accessible to everyone.” The Art Magazine calls Amaker the “Renaissance man of Charleston.”

Libraries exist to offer free access to books and resources – and experiences. This February, the Daniel Island library also will host a Civil War lecture series and a Gullah art and story session.  Keep your eye on upcoming events so you can enjoy the arts at your local library.

Storyboard America Will Host Workshops at 3rd Annual TLC

Join us at the 3rd Annual TLC for Storyboard workshops! Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, you have a story. Storyboard workshops take the scary out of writing. We offer pathways and creative tools to help you get to your own memories, to still points in your life that help you share yourself with others. It all begins with a single moment….. Read More

About Storyboard America (source: storyboardamerica.com)

Storyboard grew out of Susan Kammeraad-Campbell’s conviction that humans are hard-wired for story, that our need for story is as compelling as our need for food and companionship. What began as a project of her publishing company Joggling Board Press has developed into a library-based initiative that is currently being tested and piloted in South Carolina and Ohio. The vision is to create Storyboard communities across the country. Says Kammeraad-Campbell, “Our stories help us make sense of our world — they tell us who we are and who we can be.”

Storyboard is still in the pilot stage, and we invite you to get involved on the ground floor. Ultimately this space will evolve into a highly interactive community of story writers and readers, lovers of words who will not only be able to submit their stories, but will be able to interact, comment, and work with others to transform their stories into work to be shared in published anthologies and on public radio.

Storyboard. It’s not a widget. It’s a movement. It’s a way to help people think more deeply about themselves, about their own stories. Writing about defining moments of our lives is different than experiencing them, different than talking about them. Writing opens the door to contemplation. And contemplation is a path to shape perspective, to find meaning, to gain understanding, and to build more united communities.